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Work to begin on new gateway to Towcester

The expansion of Towcester will start on Monday, 6 February with the construction of a new A5 roundabout immediately south of the town.

The roundabout will provide access to the first phase of the Towcester Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE), and create a new gateway feature for the town in front of the Grade I listed Chain Lodge entrance to Towcester Racecourse.

There is outline planning permission for 2,750 homes within the Towcester SUE and 447 homes will be built in the first phase. The much awaited Towcester relief road will need to be completed when the 1,016th house is occupied.

Cllr Stephen Clarke, South Northamptonshire Council's (SNC) portfolio holder for economic development, regeneration and housing, said: "I welcome this news as it means that we are a step closer to realising our plans for Towcester.

"Our master plan sets out the details of the SUE and, whilst there is still a lot of work to do, the new roundabout will trigger the start of the phased development which will deliver new homes, jobs, schools and shops together with the A5 relief road. The SUE is of strategic importance to Towcester and South Northamptonshire, and the range of facilities to be delivered will help drive economic growth in the area.

"The initial works will be carried out within the fields adjacent to the A5 and should have little impact on traffic.

"The roundabout will enable the estate road to be constructed, providing access to the site. It will take five months to complete with various phases of traffic management as the project progresses. The works programme is managed by Highways England and seeks to minimise disruption, especially during peak times."

Cllr Roger Clarke, SNC's portfolio holder for planning and environment, said: "This new roundabout is a significant step in the development of the Sustainable Urban Extension to Towcester and one which we are confident will have a positive impact on the prosperity and quality of life for the district.

"There will be a new semi-circle of homes opposite Chain Lodge, the Grade I listed entrance to Towcester Racecourse. This historic feature must be protected and we have therefore insisted on the highest possible design standards."

"Although there will be some disruption, every effort will be made to keep that to a minimum."

Richard Oldroyd, Regional Managing Director for Persimmon Homes, said: "We are delighted to see this major long-term project get under way and look forward to delivering a thriving new community, bringing significant economic advantages for local people and transforming the area."

Posted: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:52 by James Laband

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